19th century netsuke of 3 wise monkeys in their habitual "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” attitude: Mizaru covering his eyes, Kikazaru covering his ears, and Iwazaru covering his mouth. Superbly carved, unusually expressive faces, excellent hairwork, beautiful wear and patina. Signed TERUYUKI on the bottom - this rare artist is listed on p. 1091 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 1/8 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of a sitting Rakugoka - an entertaining storyteller - with one hand touching his head (probably a story he is telling involves a happy drunk), and holding an open fan in the other. Great detailed carving, wonderful facial expression with a wide smile. Very pleasant patina from handling, in excellent condition. Signed SANGYOKU on the bottom - the carver is listed on p. 911 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 7/1 ...click for details
19th century ivory ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in the round a cluster of 5 rats. Wonderful carving, excellent detailing, eyes of 2 rats are inlaid with pink coral, the eyes of the other 3 with dark horn. Very nice wear and patina, central metal liner, compressed dust on the surface. Height 5/8 inches.
Early 19th century wood and ivory netsuke of a seated thoughtful monkey holding a peach with leaf in its hand. Extraordinary ivory face with perfectly captured mood of quiet contemplation, superb detailing - see its incised fingernails. Beautiful wear and patina, differently sized deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time, one is lined with ivory. Signed on the back RYUKEI followed by kakihan (carved monogram) of the artist - Shinshisai Ryukei was one of the most celebrated carver ...click for details
Unusually tall 19th century wooden netsuke of Oni no nembutsu (a demon who saw the light of Buddhist teachings and became pious), standing with a gong hanging on his belly, holding a striker in one hand, and a stack of papers inscribed HOGA-CHO (a subscription list) in the other, folded umbrella on his back. Powerfully carved with excellent details - see his intense face and oversized powerful claws, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Beautiful staining and patina, very nice wear. Excellent sculptu ...click for details
19th century netsuke of a horse with its head turned to the left and wearing rich and elaborate trappings. Very unusual combination of ivory and cinnabar lacquer, perfectly captured essence of the creature. Graceful bend to its neck and flow of its mane. Excellent detailed carving, very pleasant wear and patina, compressed dust on the surface. Signed IPPOSAI on inlaid mother of pearl plaque on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 516 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATUR ...click for details
19th century netsuke in manju (rice cake) shape with Shibayama inlays depicting a butterfly, a fly and a beetle. The body is dark beautifully grained wood, materials used for inlay are black horn, ivory, cinnabar, ebony and 2 different kinds of mother of pearl. The inlay is in excellent condition. Plain back, two parts fit nicely, beautiful mellow patina. Diameter 1 13/16 inches.
19th century fine ivory netsuke of a swimming carp with its tail turned to the right and joining the pelvic and pectoral fins for compactness. Excellent rendition of pleasantly thick body, great carving of its scales and face, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Very beautiful ink highlights, old age lines, superb patina (netsuke is of wonderful yellowish hue, photographed too white), in excellent condition. Signed MASANAO (for Masanao of Ise) on its cheek on the back - for the discussion of the gro ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a resting Manchurian crane with elegantly bent neck, its wings forming an arch above its back. Extremely well carved, perfectly captured essence of the creature, superb detailing of its wings and webbed feet. Eyes are double inlaid with lighter and darker horn, perfect delineation of different feather textures and leathery texture of its legs. Excellent patina, in perfect condition. Signed with round seal MISHU on the bottom next to its right leg - the artist is Bishu - one of t ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of one seated and one standing samurai, the latter holding a boy at his shoulder. All are wearing formal headgear, and most probably the boy represents a young Emperor or a hero. Superbly carved, great faces, elaborate hair and clothing arrangement and excellent textile patterns. Wonderful wear consistent with age. Signed CHUICHI on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 348 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 1 ...click for details